Michigan Football: The Second Coming—September 5th

John ZimmermanContributor IJune 4, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 27:  Jordan Reilly #21 of the Michigan Wolverines and fans celebrate their victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on September 27, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

I am just as, if not more, anxious than any Michigan fan, player, coach, or alumni.

September 5th marks the start of a new year. It marks the beginning of a new season. Best of all, it's the date we finally can put 2008 and 3-9 behind us for good.

The boys from Kalamazoo will voyage east across the great state of Michigan to take on the Wolverines on opening day at The Big House. The Broncos from Western Michigan University, who were the MAC-Conference runners-up last season, will be a solid opponent for the new and improved Wolverines.

Michigan hasn't won its home opener since 2006 when they beat Vanderbilt. Appalachian State came to the Big House in '07 and stunned the Wolverines on a day every Michigan fan will never forget, no matter how bad they want to. Last season, Utah came to Ann Arbor on opening weekend and took a 25-10 lead into the fourth quarter, before the Wolverines mounted a comeback that fell short.

The University of Michigan is one of the most respected programs in America, which is rich with tradition and is committed to excellence. Losing is not, in any way, within Michigan's blood. The program has claimed 11 National titles, over 40 Big Ten championships, and also produced the only defensive player to ever win the Heisman Memorial Trophy (Charles Woodson in '97).

Despite 2008 being the most disappointing season in 129 years of football, it is last year, and this year is 2009. This is a new season, with new goals and new expectations.

Rich Rodriguez and his staff has the Maize and Blue on the right path—a path that will lead them back to the Promised Land and among the ranks of college football's elite.

The two-year home opening losing streak will be over. The losing will be over. The new era of Michigan Football is on it's way. The Big Ten and national power-house program is on the rise again.

I can't wait for September 5th.